Brooklyn Alumnae Presents A “Week Of Whitney

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Nicole Duncan-Smith
When the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter locks in on a theme, you can best believe the chapter goes all in.
 
During the week before Christmas, starting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and ending on Thursday, Dec. 22, the second oldest Delta alumnae chapter in New York celebrated Whitney Houston with four major efforts.
 
On Dec. 14, President Kenya Johnson and Arts and Letter Chair Nikki Duncan-Smith kicked off “A Week of Whitney” with an early screening of Whitney Houston: I Want to Dance with Somebody at a private screening with Sony Films and Black Girls Rock!
 
On Dec. 15, the chapter hosted a very intimate conversation with Joey Arbagey, one of the last A&Rs to work with Whitney Houston and soror, Aretha Franklin. Arbagey dedicated four years of his life to working with her to bring forth two albums (her 5th and 6th studio works): “Just Whitney” (2x Platinum) and “One Wish: Christmas” (Gold). He rarely does interviews about Houston, but gave the Brooklyn Deltas an hour-long conversation revealing how both Houston and Soror Franklin were his first assignments ever when he shifted from working in radio to at a recording label.
 
On Dec. 19, the chapter had a Whitney Trivia Instagram takeover, where we promoted the RED Carpet film by asking a series of questions about the Grammy winner’s outstanding life, just to gauge who really knew their Nippy History.
 
On Dec. 22, the chapter culminated its “Week of Whitney” with a RED Carpet screening of “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a community partner. The chapter bought out the 155-seat theater to host its screening, but before the movie started, they held a “Best Whitney Houston Look” competition. Sorors and guests came out looking like the musical diva!  
 
On the same day, the chapter dropped on its YouTube channel, Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter DST also known as Brooklyn Delta TV, the conversation with Arbagey one of the first offerings of its RED Talks podcast.
 
Pushing the boundaries with fortitude, the chapter’s goal was to create an experience around the National Arts and Letters Red Carpet experience and promote the project by creating a buzz to its ever-expanding circumference of influence.

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